Curlee Girlee loves these charities!

The Curlee Girlee brand is all about empowering girls and children everywhere. Integral to feeling good about ourselves and confident in our place in the world, is the ability to help others in need.  Recently we interviewed Natalie Silverstein on our podcast, author of Simple Acts:  The Busy Family’s Guide to Giving back. Natalie is a person who finds ways to make a difference by helping others.  Importantly her book, details ways to encourage our children and ourselves to get involved in many acts of kindness, teaching children, that no matter their age, they can have an impact.  Our first Winner Badge goes to Natalie for her outstanding work in enabling us as parents to find easy, fun and creative ways to get involved in the service of others.  Below we continue our list of just a sampling of charities that are on our radar for their tireless dedication to helping women and children around the globe live improved lives, access education and create the opportunity to better their future- we are confident these organizations and their founders will inspire you to take action. 

  1. Water for South Sudan is on a mission to create access to water for remote and rural parts of South Sudan and make sure it is always safe to drink. This also allows those who are affected to have easier hygiene and sanitation and an improved quality of life. You can help this organization with monetary donations and fundraising, or by spreading the word by purchasing their merchandise, which includes calendars and books like A Long Walk to Water, Just Add Water (for third to sixth-grade reading levels), and Nya’s Long Walk: A Step at a Time, a picture book. 
  2. Kids Kicking Cancer works to heal children by strengthening them physically, emotionally and spiritually, while also easing some of the pain of their illnesses. Specially trained martial artists teach breathing, visualization, relaxation techniques, and martial arts to all sick children ages three and up. They offer one-on-one and group classes for both inpatients and outpatients in over fifty hospitals around the world—all with no costs to children and their families! Rabbi G, the founder of Kids Kicking Cancer, was recently interviewed on Curlee Girlee’s Crackin’ the Kid Code and talked about this amazing program he created to help empower kids who may otherwise feel helpless and in despair due to their situation.   Notably, Rabbi G was a CNN hero
  3. Dress for Success empowers women around the world by giving them professional attire to wear to job interviews. The belief is that giving women working attire will give allow them to have economic independence and a better quality of life as well as a network of support and a chance to thrive in the workplace and in their daily lives. Dress for Success has affiliates all over the world where people can donate their gently used women’s working attire, volunteer to work with women who need clothes and give monetary donations.
  4. Girls Inc. inspires all young girls to be strong, smart and bold! Girls Inc. partners with schools and organizations all over the US and Canada to help girls ages 6-18 have better lives. They do this through support, mentorships, guidance, and promoting healthy lifestyles and education. Girls in the Girls Inc. program are much more likely to lead healthy and active lifestyles, have more success in school and graduate secondary school, are less likely to participate in risky behaviors, have better emotional and self-control, and have more opportunities in life.
  5. CAMFED stands for Campaign for Female Education. This organization is attempting to eliminate poverty and inequality by supporting marginalized girls and allowing them to go to school, get an education, and have a better chance at a successful life. CAMFED knows that the best way to alleviate poverty is to give girls an education and will improve the lives of generations to come. Donations go toward paying school fees, buying girls their uniforms and books, and sanitary protection.
  6. Futures Without Violence has been campaigning to end violence against women and children for over thirty years. They provide programs and campaigns to help empower women and children and also train professionals such as doctors, nurses, judges, and coaches to better understand and respond to abuse and violence. This organization was a major influence in the passage of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, and to this day, they continue to work with policymakers and the general public to educate people about signs of violence and abuse in the home and what to do about it. 
  7. Wigs and Wishes was founded in 2010 by Martino Cartier, a salon owner, and stylist. After meeting a young girl battling childhood cancer who had been denied wigs by other charities, Cartier was inspired to make a wig for her. Wigs and Wishes is made up of salon owners, stylists and beauty industry experts who have come together to provide children with wigs at no cost to them or their families. They also grant wishes to children who are battling cancer. Salons can volunteer to join the Wigs and Wishes network and people can also donate their hair as long as it meets the requirements.
  8. Cradles to Crayons provides essentials to underprivileged children up to age twelve who are living in big cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago. Children living in poverty have a much harder time in school and life in general and often feel neglected and under-valued. Cradles to Crayons is dedicated to making sure every child will one day have all the clothing, school supplies, and toys they need to have a happy and successful life. People can donate their gently used items, which includes clothes, shoes, books, and toys, and then Cradles to Crayons will create a “KidPack,” which caters to a local child’s specific needs. 
  9. Hair We Share uses hair donations to create wigs for children who are affected by hair loss to give all children dignity, self-esteem, and confidence they deserve. Unlike some hair donation charities, Hair We Share accepts donations of dyed (but not bleached) hair and gray hair. Hair We Share was founded by a family who owned a custom wig design business for over fifty years. They work to help children affected by not only cancer and chemotherapy, but also alopecia, head trauma, and severe burns. The wigs have a retail value of up to $3,000 but come at no cost to children or their families. 
  10. Girls not Brides is an organization dedicated to stopping child marriage around the world, which allows girls the opportunity for better lives, success, and freedom. This organization wants to bring attention to child marriage and understand how to stop is, and advocates for creating laws, policies, and programs to help the millions of girls who are affected. Donations go toward raising awareness, research, and development. Girls Not Brides has helped numerous girls everywhere and has been benefited by many organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Human Dignity Foundation, and Ikea Foundation
  11. Pajama Program believes that good days begin with good nights. Children in unideal circumstances often go to bed uncertain of what tomorrow will bring, and that can compromise their education, health, emotions, and overall well-being. Pajama Program is dedicated to giving children a comfortable bedtime by providing pajamas and storybooks, and as well as resources for guardians. This organization accepts new and unused books and complete pajama sets for children up to eighteen years of age, all of which can be donated to any of their numerous locations across the US. 
  12. Joyful Heart was founded by Law & Order: Special Victims’ Unit actress Mariska Hargitay in 2004 and is now a leading organization in combatting assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. They are dedicated to helping survivors heal and ending domestic violence forever. You can help the organization with monetary donations or by buying products from their shop, where 100% of proceeds go back into helping the organization. Proceeds go toward helping victims of violence by funding retreats where they learn coping skills and work through trauma with professionals. 
  13. Dollywood Foundation was created in 1998 by country superstar Dolly Parton. Dolly founded this non-profit organization not long after the creation of her theme park, Dollywood, in Tennessee. The Dollywood Foundation and Dolly Parton created the Imagination Library, which mails out a free book every month to children up to five years old. This program sends books to kids in many countries from the United States and Canada to the United Kingdom and Ireland, to Australia. Dolly created this program as a tribute to her father, who loved reading and learning, and she says this has made it her mission to get all children to love reading. 

Atara Twersky, Author of Curlee Girlee is a TODAY Show Style Icon. Her mission is to teach girls to embrace the beautiful curls they have with power and confidence. Join us as together we change the “coarse” of curly hair. Don’t forget to read our recent article about the passing of the Crown Act!

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